MOLTING questions... new to me

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello, I have a fairly young flock most still under a year, a few about 13 months now.. Im seeing feathers everywhere.. no one looks naked just not as fluffy as they were. is this molting? my two tiny cochins have not laid an egg for a few weeks now. how long does it take to re grow feathers? should i feed them extra foods?

    wendy
     
  2. stoneeater

    stoneeater Out Of The Brooder

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    If they stopped laying it's probably molting.
    I have feathers everywhere also, but mine are just growing oldest being around 16 weeks.
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Some times a molt will be a partial molt where you don't really see much difference with your birds but there will be feathers everywhere. Other times the molt will look as if you birds have be plucked. I feel that birds benefit from increased protein during a molt and one quick way it to buy a bag of dry cat food and add to their rations.
     

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